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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Diamond seek to explain in his research?
(a) The domination of Western Europe
(b) The spread of illnesses
(c) The creation of metal tools
(d) The different rates of human development

2. How do archeologists date food production?
(a) Genetic testing of human descendents
(b) X-rays of the food
(c) An examination of written texts
(d) Radiocarbon dating of materials at the site

3. Germs from what produced epidemics in Native American and Australian societies?
(a) Domesticated animals
(b) Contaminated water
(c) Air-born organisms
(d) Dirt

4. What weapon was used by the Incas?
(a) Iron plated ships
(b) Steel swords
(c) Wooden clubs
(d) Rifles

5. Most domesticated mammals have been what?
(a) Carnivores
(b) Herbivores
(c) Omnivores
(d) Tactivores

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Diamond feel about the traditional theories of human development?

2. What advantage did horses provide?

3. What was the importance of a written language?

4. What occurred between the Incas and Spanish forces?

5. The arrival of humans on many of the continents coincided with what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did societies in New Guinea and Australia develop differently?

2. Why did infectious diseases give some groups an advantage over others?

3. What was the biggest difference between the histories of Old World Europe and the New World Americas? Why was this important?

4. Why does Diamond believe that China was once more diverse than it is now?

5. What advantages did the Spanish have over the Incas?

6. What advantages did the Fertile Crescent have in domesticating plants?

7. Why did food production not occur earlier in history?

8. What made the spread of Austronesian culture possible?

9. How are seeds dispersed?

10. What misconceptions exist about the transition from hunter-gatherers to food producers?

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